Keep Your Hair Heathly This Summer

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In this day and age, when long locks are coveted it’s almost impossible to keep your hair healthy. To make up for my everyday hair dryer and curling iron abuse, I started experimenting with hair masks. These are three that I love and totally recommend: Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask, Bumble and Bumble Creme de Coco Masque, and your regular old, household extra virgin olive oil!

Moroccanoil makes your hair smell like you just came from the salon while the Bumble and Bumble smells deliciously like coco! Both instructions suggest combing masks through damp hair and leaving in under 10 minutes before rinsing. I like to do it a little differently. I comb it through dry hair so I can really feel all the dry problem areas that need extra moister, put my hair in a bun, and leave it in overnight. If I don’t have a hair mask around I use the same technique with olive oil, which works just as well! To ensure my pillow cases stays nice and clean I’ll wrap a plastic bag around my hair and tie the handles on top of my head. When I wake up, wash my hair, and start to blow dry I can instantly feel the silky difference!

My hair is very thick so these masks don’t weigh my hair down, so be cautious with these if you have thin hair. Enjoy!

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Work Shoes Don’t Have to Be Boring

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I needed some cute work shoes fast, as I started a new job yesterday! I found these adorable polka dotted pairs at the Gap. Since I wear so many basic clothes to work, these shoes should go with pretty much any outfit. I like the cute quirky style that comes with the lace up oxfords, and the fun pop of color with the pointed classic flats. Totally impressed with Gaps shoe selection – they are fun, affordable, and who doesn’t love polka dots!?

Tools to Have Around the House

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This pink tool box was one of the greatest high school graduation presents I got! I have used its contents countless times and don’t know what I would do without it. This is one accessory no woman should go without.

Here is my list of top ten tools to have around the house.

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1. Hammer: Hanging up wall art and seasonal decor

2. Screw Drivers (Phillips and Flat-blade): Assembling furniture

3. Staple Gun: Hanging Christmas lights around your home or garden, reupholstering furniture and attaching curtain ties

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4. Exacto Knife: Great for cutting tape when painting or tracing paper molds to hang a wall collage

5. Wrench: When you made a mistake and need to get that nail or screw out. Oops!

6. Drill: Hanging up curtains, shelves or building gardening boxes and other fun things

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7. Pliers: Get a good grip on anything you can’t pull out with your bare hands

8. Sander and Sand Paper: For the crafty woman who likes to refinish furniture or to smooth out any rough surface

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9. Nails and Hooks: To hang up wall art and seasonal decor – you’ll always need them.

10. Measuring Tape: FOR EVERYTHING! Measuring the perfect position while hanging wall art, making sure the furniture you liked at the store will fit into the space you have, laying out plans for your living room to space out everything perfectly. (I recommend a travel measuring tape as well to keep in your purse – just in case you find something you love on the go!)

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Easy-Peasy Picnic

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I was so excited to go on a picnic with my friends this weekend. I normally would have loved to whip up some fun sandwiches and dips, but I was just too exhausted. Lucky my local grocery store came to the rescue!

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Instead of just grabbing sandwiches and calling it a day, finger foods from pretty much any market can make for a more fun and special meal. There’s no science to the perfect combination of food – see what’s fresh at the store and what you’re in the mood for!

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I chose 2 cheeses – a soft Bree and Humboldt fog goat cheese, 2 cured meats – prosciutto and salami, a crusty sourdough baguette, herb bread sticks, strawberries, sparkling water, mixed olives, a marinated artichoke, red pepper and mushroom salad and almonds.

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( I like that you can eat all of these items with your fingers )

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In addition to food some good things to pack are: plastic cups, napkins, cheese knives, a cutting board and sunscreen!

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Malibu Winery was the perfect escape for our picnic. What are other great spots?

All Tied Up

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I finally decided to hang my curtains- and stop giving my neighbors a show. I needed a way to tie them back but didn’t want to use tasseled ropes because it seemed so formal. My solution was both affordable and girly: Grosgrain ribbon.

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Grosgrain is a heavy ribbon made from silk or nylon with ribs. I used one that was about 3″ wide, and cut two pieces 2 yards long.

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I secured the ribbon on the wall behind the curtains with a staple gun.

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And tied back my curtains.

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Remember when tying bows and square knots, left over right and right over left.

A Little Bit Country

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This weekend I flew home to Sacramento to celebrate my baby sister’s 16th birthday. My mom and I whipped together some fun country-themed decorations with the help of Rustic Event Rentals. They supply great custom accents for any occasion. Check them out at: http://www.facebook.com/RusticEventRentals

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Some sand blasted glass jars, tied with burlap and twine made the perfect country lanterns.

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We used these colorful cowboy hats as both party favors and as garland to decorate!

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My favorite inside-tip from the girls at Rustic Events was the cowboy boot center pieces!

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All you have to do is place a regular glass jar or vase inside a cowboy boot.

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Just add water and flowers!

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Yes, that is a mechanical bull– what country-themed party would be complete without one?

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So, my sister insisted on having Taco Bell to serve for dinner.

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Rustic Event Rentals provided the cutest wooden containers to display all the tacos and burritos.

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It was a great way to feed hungry teenagers!

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Chalkboards are an instant way to personalize an event.

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I loved all different shapes and sizes and scattered them around the party.

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Other decorations were simple items we found around the house – like jean jackets.

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The party was definitely a success thanks to Rustic Event Rentals! Thank you for some great ideas and supplies!

Extra Versitile Olive Oil

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I love finding new uses for my glass jars and bottles! This bright green bottle used to contain extra virgin olive old from California Olive Ranch. As you know, I use olive oil pretty frequently when I cook, so I didn’t have to wait long to decorate my home with the bottle!

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One way to use this bottle was as a dish soap container. After thoroughly cleaning the bottle, pour in regular dish soap with a splash of water to make it less dense. Top the bottle with a pour spout that you can purchase for under $5.

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Another more obvious way to re-purpose this bottle is as a vase. I filled it with some fresh lavender from my yard and it really made my room look and smell like spring.

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Have a great weekend everyone!

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Spring Sandal Savings

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I hate spending a lot of money on sandals. No matter how much you spend on them they will be dragged through sand, doused with sun tail oil, drenched in chlorine – ultimately meeting their demise at the end of every season. These three pairs are stylish and cheap!

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Jessica Simpson Dusty Blush Jaqcui Flip Flops: I found these cute braided flip flops with rhinestones at Marshalls for under $30

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Yellow Box Jessica Flip Flops: Nope these aren’t the $195 Tori Burch Sandals – but you could have fooled me!

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Merona Emily Braided Strap Gladiator Sandal: My co-worker just grabbed this adorable pair at Target for her upcoming trip to Jamaica! I cannot believe they are just $15!

What are your favorite sandals this spring?

Springtime Purse: 10 Essentials

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It’s sunny out! Time for afternoon strolls, picnics and dining al fresco. My 10 essentials include: tinted moisturizer with SPF, day planner, camera, travel spray perfume, sunglasses, a good pen, phone charger, Swiss Army knife, bobby pins, and pink lip gloss.

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Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer with SPF – this product is amazing, making your face glow while protecting you from the sun.

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‘My Agenda’ day planner- this is a fantastic way to stay organized, and you can even get it personalized!

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Sony Cyber-Shot camera – when my camera phone just isn’t enough.

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J’adore Dior travel spray – fell in love with this scent when I was 16 and have never looked back.

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Chanel ‘Mosaic Cat’ Sunglasses – yes, expensive, but this is one classic item I will always have with me.

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Cute pink pen from Target – to get away from the key board and jot down my thoughts or a personal message.

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Phone charger- boring but essential.

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Swiss Army knife – I’m always in need of scissors, and this is a great compact way to carry them around.

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Bobby pins – I never go anywhere without them. Messy bun = instant cool down.

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Revlon Color Burst lip gloss (orchid) –¬† this slight pop of color goes with every outfit.

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Kate Spade ‘Pacific Heights- Zippered Helena’ Tote – a perfect bag to hold all my essentials.

Quest for the Perfect Cafe Table: Rose Bowl Flea Market

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For the first time in my adult life I have a backyard! (well in reality a 3×6 foot balcony). But it’s just enough space for some flower boxes, herbs and potted tomato plants. What was missing was seating to enjoy it all.

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I searched all the usual places: Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Craigslist¬†– I wasn’t impressed. I fell in love with a perfect garden table at a store on Montana but it was $400. Finally I found this adorable metal cafe table and chairs at the famous Rose Bowl Flea Market for $100. Not cheap, but still a great deal.¬† It’s the perfect addition to my ‘backyard’.

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This flea market is enormous. You can find vintage clothes, antique furniture, old records, estate sale jewelry – pretty much anything you could possible imagine. It’s open the second Sunday of the month. Don’t miss out this weekend! My next search will be for some cute upholstered stools to put by my fire place. I found this photo from http://thetwinsfashionblog.wordpress.com – check it out for more information on the market.

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I thought this lantern from Cost Plus World Market (www.worldmarket.com) was a great accessory for the table. I can’t wait to have a dinner date out here on a warm spring night!